Joshua remains some sort of muse for my writing. I literally see him do something and my thoughts begin to go everywhere. I will share these “lessons from Joshua” as they come and I truly hope I am able to convey the lessons that God teaches me through this little boy.
This boy does EVERYTHING that we do. He imitates our words and actions all the time. You know how Nigerians tease people that do “copy copy”. That is what I tease Joshua about a lot.
So the other day, we were all in the Living Room watching TV when Joshua did the most amusing thing (actually everything he does is amusing to me). He picked up my bag, hung the straps on his shoulders, looks at all of us in the living room, smiles and then says “bye bye” “see you later” “kiss (making kissing sounds)” and then proceeded to walk towards the door as if to leave. It was hilarious. He clearly had watched me so many times, carry my bag, give him a kiss and tell him “bye bye” and “see you later” and now he was actively imitating me.
This is not his first time doing something like this. I remember the first time he picked up my make up brush and pretended it was a microphone and started to sing the words to his Dad’s song (if you could make out the words anyway). It was especially fascinating because he had only seen his Father perform ONE TIME and his Dad never performs at home but clearly that left a lasting impression on him. He even took it up a notch when he picked up his Father’s Hat and sang his little heart out.
We have such an impact on our kids just by doing the things we do and because we are all they see, they will imitate and copy everything. They will mirror our words and actions.
Automatically, it made me think about who we are as children of God. Do we actually mirror God as our Father? Have we spent enough time in his presence and his word that we automatically imitate Christ?
The bible says that we are created in God’s image (Genesis 1). So in other words, we are all Gods living in this world and children of the most high (Psalm 82:6). My son is the splitting image of his Dad and people have no doubt who is Father is, despite how annoying I find it, I have had to concede to the fact that this boy is his father’s mirror image (forget the fact that he lived in my womb for 40 weeks, but who is counting?). Not only does he look like his father, he acts like him in every way. It is almost scary.
My question is this: as children of the Most High God, when people come across us, do we leave them without any doubt who our father is? Are we saying words and taking action that contradict everything that God is? Or do we imitate our Father in every way?
I have been thinking about how fearful I am (used to be in Jesus Name. lol) of certain things. The fear of lack, sickness, failure, people.. etc. And then it occurred to me: How can I say I am the daughter of the MOST HIGH GOD, created in his likeness and image but live in any type of fear? That is a direct contradiction to who I say I am.
So I started to ask; how can I be a direct representation of my Father? What examples can I follow in order to know how I am supposed to live as the daughter of the King of all Kings. How can I live as ROYALTY? And then it clicked: JESUS CHRIST is my direct example of how to live. The bible tells us; “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15). He is the one we are supposed to imitate as our example. He never entertained any fear. He spoke with authority to demons and they obeyed him. When they needed food, he made it possible. He laid hands on the sick and they became whole. He spoke a word and it came to pass. HE WAS NEVER AFRAID because he knew who his FATHER was and walked in the authority and dominion of that knowledge and power. FAILURE OR FEAR WAS NEVER AN OPTION.
I wonder if we can also start to actively imitate and mirror our Father as CHRISTIANS. I wonder if we can be so much like our Father in character that when people come across us, they are left in no doubt who our FATHER is.
How much love do we give to others? For God so loved the world…. Do we love in the same way? Our Father is love, are we mirroring this loving Father? I have come across people who have said churches are the coldest places to go to and that breaks my heart because I know that is not what people should see. We are the church by the way, so it’s not particularly about a building but a people.
I am not saying this is easy but I am learning that the more I spend time in my Father’s presence, the more I study Jesus and the word of God, the more I practice and obey what his word says, then the more I become like him. My son spends so much time with me, which is why he can actively mirror my actions and imitate my words and it is the same for us. If we are not spending time with our Father, then it will be impossible for us to live in the power and authority we are supposed to and it will even be more impossible for us to love others because everything we are comes from him. Knowing the word of God and obeying it is so important because his word is the mirror by which we must live.
Many of us know the word of God but we don’t do it and so it is not just knowing the word, it is living it so we can reflect our Father completely. James 1:22-25 sums it up” “Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise you are only fooling yourselves.23For anyone who hears the word but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror, 24and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom, and continues to do so—not being a forgetful hearer, but an effective doer—he will be blessed in what he does.…
I am learning daily that as a Christian, I represent my Father here in this world and I can’t encourage anyone to come to Jesus, if my life is not a direct indication of his love, his power and his authority. We all have to be more like our Father and understand that we are created in his image. Time to get rid of fear, doubt, anger, bitterness, lust, failure and every negative thing that we know does not depict who our Father is.
WHO IS WITH ME?